Monthly Archives: January, 2015

Training sessions offered on how to use ICT software packages

The Centre for Innovative, Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT): ICT Skills Training & Development Team cordially invites all interested staff members to our training taking place at the Cassinga Teaching Lab (diagonally behind the UWC Swimming Pool). The main purpose of these training sessions is to assist all UWC Staff members (Academic and Non-Academic) refresh and improve their Information Communication Technology skills.
The training sessions cover the following software packages:

Module Coordinator Role
The Module Coordinator role is responsible for the quality of the marks administration process for their assigned modules. The Module Coordinator role thus ensures that the integrity of the marks and the grading process, carried out by Lecturers, are implemented and sustained. The Module Coordinator consequently responsible for implementing decisions on MAS regarding assessments as agreed within the Faculty (e.g. Marks Adjustment / Internal Moderation).

Marks Administrator
The Marks Administrator role is responsible for the capturing of marks. Prior to submitting the marks to the Lecturer role, the Marks Administrator can make changes to the marks. To facilitate the publishing of marks, and the management of queries, the Marks Administrator has access to board lists and reports to assist in streamlining these services.

Within the scope of MAS, the activities of Lecturers are teaching Students and grading assessments. Lecturers are accountable for the integrity of the marks they give to the assessments carried out by Students. Lecturers also need to vet the marks captured by Marks Administrators as well as being consulted when mark adjustments need to be carried out for continuous assessment.

Faculty Officer Role
The Faculty Officer is able to work across all modules in MAS, for his / her designated faculty. This role takes the responsibility of monitoring the progress of the marks administration process, assignment of roles and modules and the updating of marks to the student record.
Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
Microsoft Excel allows one to enter numerical values or text into a spreadsheet, these numerical entries can be used for calculations, graphs, and statistical analysis.
Introduction to Windows
The main purpose of the sessions is to enable UWC Staff members to improve their eSkills in managing their day-to-day operations and ePedagogy techniques; which will enable them to enhance traditional teaching-and-learning practices.

Word Processor (MS Word )
Microsoft Word is a word processing software application that enables you to easily create text/word documents. The application tools enable the enhancement of written information with graphics and text formatting.

Venue: Cassinga-building (Situated diagonally behind the swimming pool)

Intro to Windows
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 3 Jan 2015

MAS Module Coordinator
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 5 Feb 2015

MS Word
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 10 Feb 2015

MAS Marks Administrator
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 12 Feb 2015

MS Excel Basic
Date: 17 Feb 2015

MAS Marks Lecturer
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 19 Feb 2015

MS Excel Intermediate
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 24 Feb 2015

MAS Faculty Officer
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 26 Feb 2015

**Colleagues wishing to participate in these interventions are encouraged to apply on-line. Find attached online application process.

Looking forward to seeing you in our training sessions.


Contact Faried Ahmed and Sonwabo Jongile:
Tel: 021 959 2504
Fax: 021 959 2031
Venue: Cassinga-building (situated diagonally behind the UWC swimming pool)
Location: Elearning centre (Cassinga building)
Tel: 021 959 2504
Fax: 021 959 2031

Social Work: ePortfolio’s made easy using siteMaestro

The CIECT team offered a refresher training session on Google Sites (ePortfolio’s) in November 2014 for Social Work lecturers. During this session, the lecturers mentioned about the difficulty managing the bulk of student ePortfolio’s. It was recommended that they make use of a tool called, siteMaestro (among other tools) that will allow an educator to copy (bulk), share and manage Google Sites (ePortfolio’s) with a roster of students. A demo of the siteMaestro tool was conducted by CIECT team.

During this demo, the Social Work lecturers expressed their satisfaction regarding the benefits of the eTool:

– to manage the student ePortfolio’s embedded in Google Spreadsheets; and
– to manage sharing permissions with numerous users or groups (in bulk).

Moreover, the siteMeastro eTool enables lecturers to create sites and spent less time managing ePortfolio’s. Therefore the lecturers have more time to collaborate and reflect on the content and student development.

The lecturers stated that they will start to utilize the tool as early as the 2nd year of Social Work studies. Communication was made and the group requested that another demo should be done in January 2015 for all the Social Work Fieldworkers and Supervisors.

NB: Please note that the eTeaching platform (Chisimba) will be phased out. Hence lecturers are encouraged to contact the CIECT team, to make use of the iKamva (Sakai) platform.

Kind Regards,

Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT)
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Tel: 021 959 3200